6 October 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 2

Ava Plowright, Wales Millennium Centre

I guess the best way to start is to introduce myself! 

My name is Ava and I’ve just completed my MA in Arts Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre and music have been everything to me for as long as I can remember, and working in the arts has always been the only thing I could imagine doing with my life. My past year studying at RWCMD was a crash course in all aspects of managing the arts; an intensive and exhausting year but a very rewarding one all the same.

I didn’t really know much about fundraising as a career option until I started my MA; all that came to mind when I thought about fundraising was shaking a bucket in the high street. But through my fundraising module at RWCMD, I learned that it was much more than this. Good fundraising is a skill, a science, an art even. It takes time, dedication, and a lot of tenacity to get it right. But most of all, it is such an important thing to support if the arts are to survive in the current economic climate. 

Over the course of my studies, fundraising began to fascinate me, and as I began to try my hand at each different area through our assignments, I learned to my delight that it was something I seemed to be well suited to. Discovering a skill you never knew you had is an amazing thing, and I became determined to find a way of exploring this further.

The Arts & Business Cymru Creative Internships programme is the ideal way of doing this. Perfectly timed to start just after I completed my MA, and offering ‘on the job’ learning alongside mentoring and training courses, it seemed almost too good to be true. I was overjoyed to be chosen as one of the interns. This is an incredible opportunity and one I am determined to make the most of over the next 10 months.

I am now in my second week with the Development team at Wales Millennium Centre, a venue that I was so happy to be paired with. An iconic building, the Centre is home to the biggest theatre space in Wales and offers a wide variety of shows to enjoy, from West End musicals through to smaller creative gems. One building which, uniquely in Wales, is home to everything I am most passionate about. I can’t think of anywhere better to spend the next 10 months.

To say that I’ve been ‘thrown in at the deep end’ here would be an understatement! In my first two weeks I have been allocated business sponsors to manage, submitted a solo application to a trust and been to countless meetings with existing and potential clients. It has been fantastic to be given the chance to learn this way; I have always found I learn best on my feet, and I feel like I am already making a good contribution to the team. 

All in all, a very good start!

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